Subject:Re: Bamboo Incense(?) Box & Homework?
Posted By: I.Nagy Wed, Feb 17, 2021
江南竹書珍品 - Jiāngnán Bamboo-slip Treasure
愛蓮説 - Speaking of the affection for lotus
宋 周敦頤 - Zhōu Dūnyí of Song Dynasty
湘漳旅遊紀念 - Xiāngtán Tourist Souvenir
The text on the piece of paper is an essay titled; "Speaking of the affection for lotus" by Zhou Dunyi.
Here is my rought translaton,
The flowers of water, land and vegetation are very lovely.
Tao Yunming in the Jing Dynasty loved chrysanthemums only. Since Li of the Tang Dynasty the peooples loved peony.
However, I do like the lotus which is clean even growing in the silt. It passes through the water washing itself and appears pure not like a demon.
The center of the lotus stem runs through and its appearance is straight, without vines and branches. Its fragrance is far reaching and clear. It is an upright and pure plant. It can be appreciated from afar but not touched disrespectfully.
I am convinced that the chrysanthemum is a recluse, while the peony is rich, the lotus is undoubtedly the sovereign.
We seldom find someone who loves chrysanthemum like Tao.
Who show the enthusiasm in the lotus in the same way as I do ? Then who likes peony ? Almost everybody.